AFC South: Dallas Cowboys
|ESPN.com's Paul Kuharsky|
|Everything is bigger in the new Cowboys Stadium.|
ARLINGTON, Texas -- The incomprehensibly big HD screen is flashing snapshots of the building process of Cowboys Stadium.
It's hard to take your eyes off it, and right now it's just a slideshow. (One friend called it Godzilla-vision.) My press box seat is in a corner, so I have a side-angle view of one of the crystal clear sideline screens, as well as look at one of the smaller versions facing the peasantry with end zone seats or standing room spots. (This picture is the view from my seat.)
Driving in for Friday night's Titans-Cowboys game was not as bad as I expected. Police and traffic control staff all knew what was where -- a rarity at a lot of venues and an impressive feat considering this is the building's first football game.
There are pay lots "nearby" that have $60 price tags. Steep.
A lot of fans came early and tailgated. Some of them then lined up at the doors and raced in when they opened.
The two lowest sections of seats are actually below ground level, which helps make things feel less big than they are.
If you come in and walk down to your seat, you have to think "Boy, am I close." If you come in and walk up just one section to your third-level seat, I suspect you think "Boy, I feel closer than I expected."
Someone else told me they heard that Reliant Stadium would fit in here, and my eyes tell me it's true. It's certainly more of an oval, while Reliant is rectangle.
I saw Craig Hentrich trying to hit the bottom of the huge screens with punts and fail on several tries. But Jim Wyatt, sitting next to me, says Hentrich got it once, and backup punter A.J. Trapasso hit it three times that he saw.
Time to explore more.
IRVING, Texas -- Moments after failing to convert on a two-point conversion and losing an exhibition game to the Cowboys, the Texans had something more important on their minds. Early in the first quarter, Harry Williams, a player fighting to make the roster, collided with teammate Nick Ferguson while covering a kickoff.
Every Texans player left the bench area to stand on the field with Williams as medical personnel worked on his motionless body. It wasn't until he was put in an ambulance that he started to regain feeling in his hands and feet.
Before he left the field, he'd looked up at head coach Gary Kubiak and said, "Win the game for me."
But speaking outside the visiting locker room, Kubiak didn't seem overly concerned about a 23-22 loss.
"Harry's doing well," he said. "There's feeling throughout his body. All the feedback is that Harry's going to be fine."
Kubiak said he could tell that the injury took some of his team's emotion away, but it's not like he was complaining.
"They love that kid," he said. "He was earning his way onto the special teams."
Starting right tackle Eric Winston said it was almost impossible to keep playing once Williams left the field.
"It's a tough thing to shake off and keep playing," Winston said. "I didn't know who it was [at first]. And you hate it that it was a guy like Harry. He's been battling his tail off to make the team. He was doing everything he should've been doing."
Winston talked about how many injuries have taken place on kickoffs over the last few years and wonders if there's something the league could do to prevent them.
"Guys are getting bigger, stronger, faster," he said. "You have offensive linemen and defensive linemen that are 6-6, 330 going against guys that run 4.5 [in the 40-yard dash]. It's tough to take."
It's never a good sign when the team doctor is brought to the interview room, but orthopedic surgeon Dr. Walter Lowe sounded relieved after the game. He had stayed right next to Williams' head throughout the entire ordeal.
"He was paralyzed on the field," Lowe said.
He described Williams' neurological function as "almost normal" and said he would undergo surgery to fuse his spine this weekend. Cowboys team doctor Drew Dossett, one of the nation's top spine specialists, will perform the surgery. Lowe said Williams had a "small fracture in his C-3". Dossett was headed to Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas to visit with Williams immediately after the game.
"He's just a trouper," Lowe said of Williams.
I've known Dossett for several years and Texans fans should know that Williams is in good hands. Back with some thoughts on the game in a few moments.
Posted by ESPN.com's Paul Kuharsky
I believe America grew tired of Barber brother stories, and many football fans were pleased when Tiki Barber retired before the 2007 season if only because it meant no further potential for sentimental looks at Tiki and Ronde.
Alas, there are new Barber brothers to track.
Courtesy of HoustonTexans.com, here's a look at the NFL's new set -- Dallas' Marion plays against Houston's Dominique for the first time in the Cowboys-Texans preseason game Friday night.